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Floating Home

I can’t think of a more beautiful way to drift off to sleep than on a gently rocking boat. This floating home located in Holland is a testament that by utilizing a simple shape artfully, it can be redesigned into a creative structure. Black stained red cedar is the exterior envelope that wraps this home. Local building codes restrict two story buildings, resulting in a clever design by which the architects at Piet Boon built the bedrooms and basement below the water line. Continue reading

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La Cornette

Imagine a roomy home for two families to celebrate and enjoy holidays together. This country home outside of Montreal, designed by YH2 Architects, may be just what you need. Set on a rolling site, it burrows in and rises above, taking full advantage of the wide open spaces and views. Continue reading

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Copenhagen Penthouse II

The design team of Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Ronn of Norm Architects are the dynamic duo behind the design of this stunning 84 sq.m. penthouse renovation in Copenhagen, Denmark. The exterior facade fits into the traditional architecture of the area, but as you enter the home, the unexpected awaits you. A stunning palette of black and whiten home that is remarkable in its simplicity and awakens your senses to new heights. Continue reading

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Gothic Office

An 1870s Portland private office gets a timeless update by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design. The client chose a deep dark historic attitude that’s apparent immediately in the two story lobby. Continue reading

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Blue Hills House

In the Laurentian Mountains in Montreal, Canada, La SHED Architecture embedded a modern home with singular clarity and resulting richness. The house springs from the clients’ desire to build with the utmost respect for and all-out proximity to the natural wonders outside. Continue reading

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Montreal Storefront Condo

This storefront home in Montreal embraces city life at ground level. Designed by Anne Sophie Goneau, it is very public and very private at the same time. With a common list of maximizing space and day light, these home owners discovered raw original details that became major players in the design. Continue reading

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Anjalendran: Architect of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a beautiful island off the southeast coast of India. I admit I don’t know much about Sri Lankan architects however when I first caught a glimpse of C. Anjalendran’s work I knew I had to buy this book: “Anjalendran: Architect of Sri Lanka” by David Robson.

By using the simplest of materials mixed with rich local traditions, Anjalendran is a master in bringing inside and outside spaces into one. In fact, his amazing work is all about light and space. However, his work doesn’t stop at architecture, it also includes landscaping, furniture design and decoration. The end result is pure magic. Continue reading

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Housing building with 7 units: Lucky Seven

In the multi-unit housing world, creativity and originality are not the first thoughts that comes to mind. This unusual 7 unit building stands apart from its competition through the use of simple yet thoughtfully chosen materials and unique floor plans. Continue reading

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Mont-Saint-Hilaire Residence

Designed by Blouin Tardif Architects, this 4,000 square foot house boasts three levels and is nestled in a forest near Mont Saint-Hilaire in Montreal, Canada. As we increasingly look to nature for inspiration, we can discover raw beauty in the striations of a simple grain of wood and the blurred patterns of the sky. In this home, shapes are layered and deconstructed, which brings an incredible silence and serenity to the interiors. Continue reading

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Mentana Residence

Some of today’s best houses and apartments are inventive renovations. This residential project, located in Montreal, Canada is no exception. Nestled within the vibrant community of Plateau Mont-Royal, what makes this property unique is that it’s located above a popular Asian restaurant and was originally a red brick worker’s residence. As is the case with most historic buildings, this one was in need of a major structural renovation including a new ventilation system required by the restaurant. This potential eyesore was cleverly concealed within the walls of this new addition. Continue reading